Healer ‘takes out the fire’ at his Mafakatini home

2011-08-01 00:00

COMMUNITY members in the Mafakatini area turned up in their hundreds to welcome controversial traditional healer Mduduzi Manqele back to the area on Saturday.

Manqele left the area under a cloud this year after he was linked to the murder of Loyiso Jokweni (18), who had been visiting in the France area. Jokweni was beheaded. His head was found months later in the freezer of Roger Thusi in France Township.

On his arrest, Thusi said Jokweni had been killed on the direction of Manqele. Manqele was arrested and the irate community burned down his home and looted his businesses. They also travelled in buses to protest in court whenever he appeared.

However, the case against him collapsed and he was released. Thusi is still in jail.

On Saturday, Manqele performed a traditional ceremony at his home called ukukhipha umlilo (which means taking out the fire). The ceremony is performed when the house had been burned down or had been struck by lightning.

Many community members turned up to show their support of his return to the area.

They were treated to entertainment including a cappella groups, traditional dancers and gospel.

Speaking to The Witness, Manqele said he had returned to the area because it is the area that he loves.

“I bear no ill feelings towards the community and all that has happened is in the past. I have forgiven them. I do not know how they feel. My great faith in God and the belief that I was inaccurately associated with the incident (murder) has allowed me to strive on and come back to the area that I love.”

Community members at the ceremony warned all those who might attempt to cause harm to Manqele because they still bore grudges.

“He was innocent of that incident and anyone who might try to bring harm to him because of it will be inviting trouble for themselves,” said one community member.

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